The flavor of Braised Morels is that of earthy, natural goodness.  It is the taste of autumn, of the woods, and of Nature itself.  Simple, yet delish.

Braised Morels

Braised Morels
 
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 Cups morel mushrooms
  • 2 Tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 Tablespoon finely minced garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon finely minced shallots or onions
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 Cup Sherry or Madeira
  • 1/4 Cup Brandy
  • 1/2 Cup whipping cream
  • 12 ounces fresh pasta or dried pasta
Instructions
  1. This recipe is good on either pasta or rice. Or, you can fill small pie shells with the mixture.
  2. WIPE MORELS CLEAN.
  3. Cut larger ones in quarters, leave smaller ones whole.
  4. Bring 4 quarts of cold, salted water to a boil over high heat on the stove.
  5. Melt the butter in a medium skillet over medium heat and add the morels, garlic, shallots and salt.
  6. Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes. Add the sherry and brandy. Increase the heat to high and cook until the liquid reduces by about 2/3. Add the cream and cook until the liquid reduces to a saucelike consistency and is thick enough to coat a spoon.
  7. Remove from the heat and keep in a warm place until the pasta is finished cooking. Add the pasta to the boiling water, cook until desired doneness, drain and toss with the mushrooms.
  8. Place on a serving platter or in a large serving bowl and serve immediately.
  9. Can be prepared up to an hour in advance to this point and kept, covered, in the pan.
  10. TO FREEZE MUSHROOMS AND SAUCE, fill an airtight plastic freezer bag 3/4 full and squeeze out excess air.
  11. Label and place in freezer for up to 3 months.
  12. Defrost at room temperature or on the defrost setting of a microwave.
Notes
Fresh morels are best found in spring, though cultured morels are available throughout the year. Dried morels should not be used for this recipe.

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